Calling all FSE aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators!  You’re invited to join an exciting new FSE training programme for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators to trial and prepare business ideas for the commercial environment.

The programme aims to inspire and accelerate the translation of the knowledge created through your research into products, services or processes to deliver tangible benefit through a series of bespoke workshops and mentoring opportunities. The workshops will help you articulate your science and ideas by taking you through a lean start-up technology pathway to explore the potential of your idea, culminating in you pitching your idea in Dragons Den style for the opportunity to win £10k and £5k FSE Innovation Awards plus expert mentor support and onward access to places on regional and national accelerator programmes.

This is open to all individuals, or teams, of PGR students and ECRs (<5 years after graduation) who are working within FSE on novel research and is ideal for anyone wishing to explore the commercial viability of their ideas. The programme is a blend of online and face to face practical teaching sessions, expert clinics and mentor sessions that will provide experienced advice and support from leading entrepreneurs and innovators. It will run over ~ 10 weeks and you would need to dedicate ~ half a day per week to get the most out of the programme. You and your research team will benefit by gaining the tools, contacts and confidence to transform your idea into a successful business project or venture and bolster commercial development and deliver impact.

So why not take your spark and your ambition and come along to learn how to turn a research idea and innovation into a reality from leading experts and identify the best commercial model for your venture. Click here to register now.

Launch Event

Wednesday 13 October 2021


Welcome (Professor Martin Schroeder, Vice-President and Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Introduction (Professor Aline Miller, Associate Dean for Business Engagement and Innovation , Faculty of Science and Engineering)

  • Success stories (Ph.D.’s/Postdocs who have recently started a business based on their research, answering questions about their experiences of commercialising their research)
  • Next steps – Introduction to the Researcher to Innovator (R2I) taster sessions (Simon Brown P2T Consulting Ltd.)
  • What’s involved, what you will gain.

This programme is be coordinated through the FSE Innovation Academy, which is an umbrella initiative and joint venture between the FSE Business Engagement and Innovation Team, the University of Manchester Innovation Factory and the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre and has the aim of bringing together knowledge, expertise and routes to facilitate the commercialisation of research from FSE.

Click here to register now.